MVCC To Host Display Of AIDS Memorial Quilt

Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt — the 54 ½-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 96,000 individuals lost to AIDS — will be on view 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, through Friday, Dec. 6, at Mohawk Valley Community College in the lobby of Payne Hall on the Utica Campus. This free display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, which is being hosted by MVCC’s LGBTQ+ Committee and sponsored by MVCC’s Student Government, will include panels honoring local individuals whose relatives requested they be included.


Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The Quilt began with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 49,000 individual 3 x 6 foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe, and have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers, and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.


In a war against a disease that has no cure, The Quilt has evolved as our most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS. By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The Quilt helps teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well-being and that of their family, friends, and community.


“We are eager to share The AIDS Memorial Quilt with your community for it is unlike any memorial ever created,” says Julie Rhoad, executive director of The NAMES Project Foundation. “With teddy bears and Boy Scout badges, love letters and photographs, this American treasure was created by the people for real people who were loved and lost to AIDS. We thank MVCC for their visionary efforts in hosting this event and invite you to see what wonderful healing art we have created together as a nation.”


For more information on the display at MVCC in Utica, please call 315-792-5657. For more information on The NAMES Project and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, please visit


MVCC To Host Saturday Information Session

Mohawk Valley Community College will host a Saturday Information Session on Dec. 7 in the Admissions Office, first floor of Payne Hall, at the College’s Utica Campus, for those who are interested in earning an associate degree or certificate but are unable to make it to campus during regular business hours.


Attendees can choose one of three time slots: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11 a.m. Sessions include the opportunity to meet with an admissions counselor to discuss the admissions process, financial aid options, scholarships, athletics, and more. Each session includes a campus tour.


Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged by visiting or calling 315-792-5354.


MVCC To Host Informational Session About Programs In Health Science Professions

Mohawk Valley Community College will host a Health Programs Information Session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Admissions Office in Payne Hall at its Utica Campus. The event is designed to introduce prospective students to the College’s various healthcare programs, with plenty of time to meet admissions deadlines for next year.


The session will provide prospective students with an overview of the MVCC’s various healthcare programs, which include Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technician, and Health Information Technology. Visitors also will be able to learn about admissions deadlines, prerequisites, how to pay for college, and what to expect in each program.


Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To register or for more information, call 315-792-5354 or visit



Mohawk Valley Community College, established in 1946, is New York State’s first community college with a mission to provide accessible, high-quality educational opportunities for everyone. As the community’s college, MVCC is committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment. With campuses in Utica and Rome, MVCC is the region’s primary provider of college education, offering 90 degree and certificate options for its enrollment of 6,000 full- and part-time students. MVCC also serves an additional 6,000 people through its corporate and community education programs, and its campuses welcome more than 50,000 people annually for community events.

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